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Monthly Archive for March, 2010

Now that the RNR XXI run is complete, struck and done with, I’m beat. It’s an incredible experience, but exhausting too. All at once. If you’ve never been involved in a live production, I don’t know how to explain it. The queasiness of opening night. The laughter and handshakes on closing night. The quickness with […]

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For the systems that I haven’t upgraded to Postfix, a reminder on how to force Sendmail to transfer queued mail. Usually when the initial attempt failed due to name service issues or connectivity issues between the system and the remote smart host. sendmail -qf -v This is included in the man page, but hiding with […]

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One downside of a mustache is having to blow your nose when there isn’t a mirror handy. You never know if you got it all onto the tissue. More than likely you’re wearing some of it.

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Every Kid Gets a Trophy

I don’t care for political parties. I don’t usually wax political. In fact, I usually skim over the political articles in Rolling Stone, but this blurb from Matt Taibbi’s A Way Out for Obama (RS 1100) caught my eye. Democrats and Republicans are basically the same on a lot of issues: They both voted for […]

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We Both Let Go

I heard her accompanied by drums. So did everyone else. Her voice echoed through the beach side windows, bouncing off the brick walls across the corridor. I knew it was her, but I had to see. I walked down the row and out the door, creeping through the adjacent classroom, like I had done many […]

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Geek Will Travel

For entirely geeky reasons, I am seriously tempted to fly to San Francisco at the end of June. The destination, it seems, is a large tree in the middle of Golden Gate Park. View Larger Map After the last time, how could it not be fun? Even if it isn’t, it’s still San Francisco. Not […]

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In reference to problems with configuration management (CM). Me: It’s one problem with CM. Me: Processes of processes defining processes. Me: Meantime, nothing gets done. Coworker: You sir have just described the entire Government. Three sentences. Not too shabby.

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Having received the 2010 Census paperwork this weekend, I have a few thoughts. Your answers are confidential. This means the Census Bureau cannot give out information that identifies you or your household. Your answers will only be used for statistical purposes. I have no doubt that the household counts are to be used for statistical […]

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Opening Weekend at RNR XXI

After weeks of build time and rehearsals, Rock N’ Roll Revival XXI opened this weekend. After four completely sold out shows, I find myself singing along and humming the tunes. The show has come together nicely, just as it always does. So far, we’ve received nothing but positive feedback. Now that I’m more of an […]

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A Week of Meat at BBQ Dave’s

If you don’t eat meat, you might want to skip this one. Over the past week, my coworkers and I made four treks to BBQ Dave’s for lunch. We ate a lot of meat, so much that I didn’t need much dinner. It would have been five days, but the rain started up on Friday. […]

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When Content Owners Go MIA

From time to time, I lose touch with the people who use my server. People change email addresses, get jobs in faraway cities, move on to new social circles, etc. No worries there. Yet their digital resources remain, taking up disk space and bandwidth that others could be using. Photo archives are a big culprit, […]

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It’s Been Six Years

Today marks the six year anniversary of this blog. No formal remarks, but instead a few thoughts about getting past the half-decade mark. Six years of rants and musings, without care for substance. Longer still if you count the predecessors to this site; technically, I’ve been blogging since June 9th, 2002. I found it hard […]

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I own and operate the server that hosts this blog. In the world of NearlyFreeSpeech.net, Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud, all of which are more fault tolerant, why would I bother running my own? Because it allows me, my close friends and family to do whatever the heck we what. It gives us options. If someone […]

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After staying up entirely too last on a school night, I have a few thoughts about the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. I have to ignore the sets for the most part, since I’d be drooling all over the keys for the duration. NPH. Is there anything he can’t do? What an entrance by Steve Martin […]

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No More Collection Calls

The collection calls have stopped. As I suspected, it was a simple case of my phone number being on the wrong paperwork. On Wednesday I decided to try calling Terry from the surgeon’s office during business hours. She hadn’t returned my call from a few week’s earlier, so on Monday I had left a more […]

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